Anyone looking for a solid night indoors, binge-watching an addicting television series, should definitely consider marathoning an anime or two. After all, with most anime series consisting of 20-minute episodes, getting through seasons is a quick endeavor — especially if we're talking about those infuriatingly short, 12-episode seasons anime are known for. And given that anime series tend to involve a lot of action, flying through seasons can feel even faster during a marathon, making it a perfect way to catch up on new and old series.
When it comes to binge-watching anime series, Funimation is a great place to find compelling stories, new and old. Not only does the streaming service offer plenty of classics in the genre, but it also delivers some of the latest hits, allowing users to choose from a wide range of shows.
And really, there are so many fantastic anime to choose from on Funimation's platform. But if you're new to the world of anime streaming, these are 10 series that we consider the most binge-worthy on Funimation, ranked.
Time travel is a trope that can feel trite when done poorly, but Steins;Gate manages to make it feel compelling even when it veers toward overused tropes. Following a delusional scientist named Rintaro Okabe, the series sees its main characters discovering time travel — and then realizing all that can go wrong when it comes to being so careless with such a concept.
With fascinating characters who aren't always likeable and an interesting premise, it's easy to get hooked on Steins;Gate. It's also different from so many of the other popular anime series out there, making it a must-watch for Funimation fans, even if it's only to give it a chance.
9 Danganronpa: The Animation
Danganronpa: The Animation is an older anime, but it's a fun one with plenty of mystery and dark humor present throughout. The series begins with a class of high school students being trapped at Hope's Peak Academy, an elite school they've supposedly been accepted to. Their excitement is crushed, however, when a murderous teddy bear shows up and tells them they'll have to kill their classmates to stay alive.
Offering viewers a narrative similar to The Hunger Games, Danganronpa is an intense series where no character can be fully trusted. And although they do try to uncover the secrets of the school in an attempt to get out, there are stakes and losses. Danganronpa will keep viewers clicking on the next episode, if only to find out what happens to these poor students, and that's exactly what makes it so binge-worthy. Well, that and Monokuma, who is surprisngly hilarious for an evil teddy bear.
8 The Rising of the Shield Hero
The Rising of the Shield Hero is a newer anime series, but it's one that's been receiving plenty of attention as its first season unfolds. The series' protagonist, Naofumi, starts out as a dedicated university student, but he's soon called to defend the kingdom of Melromarc. And the setting of Melromarc alone will appeal to fans of fantasy, but there's so much more to love about the anime.
Upon arriving in Melromarc, Naofumi becomes the weakest of a group of heroes whose job is to protect their land. Dubbed the Shield Hero, Naofumi will soon realize that there are even bigger problems than his ranking among the protectors, however. He's also forced to contend with betrayal from the beginning, giving viewers plenty to speculate about while they binge.
7 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer is another newer anime that's been rising in popularity as of late, and it's the perfect one for fans of the supernatural to binge. Set in a world where demons lurk in the woods, Demon Slayer tells the story of a young boy named Tanjirou. Tanjirou has managed to keep his family safe from the monsters in his world for this long, but when the series open, that all changes.
Tanjirou arrives home to find his family brutally killed by the demons he's worked so hard to protect them from. And to make matters worse, his sister isn't quite alive or dead — she's become one of the very things he hates, and he'll have to cope with that fact as he navigates this new reality. Demon Slayer certainly isn't for the weak of heart, but anyone who enjoys a dark and ruthless story should undoubtedly give it a shot.
6 Cowboy Bepop
Cowboy Bepop is considered a classic amongst anime watchers, and that alone makes it worth seeing what all of the fuss is about. But whether viewers plan to binge-watch this series for the first time or rewatch it to catch details they hadn't seen before, Cowboy Bepop is sure to hold their attention. After all, it is about bounty hunters in space. Do premises get much better than that?
Following Spike Spiegel and his crew as they attempt to find a dangerous ex-military officer on Mars — preferably before he releases deadly nano-bots — Cowboy Bepop offers viewers a series that is equal parts action and comedy. Spike and his crew are fun enough to hold anyone's interest, but the futuristic vibes and bounty hunting certainly add to the appeal.
5 Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100 doesn't receive nearly as much hype as its creator's other masterpiece, One Punch Man, but it certainly deserves to. While Mob Psycho 100 lacks the shonen-style fights that draw viewers to so many animes, it makes up for it with all of the fascinating supernatural elements it offers. Set in a world where telekinesis and evil spirits are fairly commonplace, the anime follows Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama, a young esper with extraordinary abilities.
And Mob's journey meshes together exorcising ghosts, growing up, and ridiculous humor all into one series — making it incredibly easy to fall into because there's always something going on. With only two seasons to catch up on, Mob Psycho 100 is one of the quicker series on Funimation to binge. And doing so will help prepare anyone interested in becoming a fan for the show's third season, assuming it's ever confirmed for one.
4 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
A popular anime from the '90s, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is a science-fiction story set in a future where the superpower nation of Britannia has invaded and conquered Japan. The exiled former prince of Britannia operates under the name of Lelouch, and he leads a resistance movement against the people who took over his home, calling it the Black Knights.
The Black Knights frequently challenge the military of Britannia, with both sides using mechas called Knightmare Frames. And if the mecha action alone isn't enough reason to give Code Geass a shot, the politics and character interactions will surely hook viewers enough to warrant a binge.
3 Dragon Ball Z
Anime fans who haven't watched Dragon Ball Z could probably benefit from giving the series a shot, and those who have seen it can always dive back in for a rewatch. There are plenty of episodes to delve into, making this series a great choice for a binge-watch — that, and the fact that it's one of the most well-loved shonen anime series out there.
Dragon Ball Z offers viewers great action sequences, in addition to a cast of extremely entertaining characters. And if fans want to keep watching even after they're done with this series, they can always move on to its sequel, Dragon Ball Super, or the original Dragon Ball.
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2 My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is one of the most popular anime series currently airing, and it's easy to understand why that's the case. A true underdog story, the series follows Izuku Midoriya, a young boy living in a world where superpowers — better known as "Quirks" — exist. Unfortunately, Midoriya is one of the few people without one.
And not developing a Quirk certainly presents an obstacle when it comes to Midoriya's dream of becoming a hero. But the anime follows his attempts to become one in spite of the odds, and that's part of what makes it so watchable. After all, we've all given our all to something we wanted, right?
1 Attack On Titan
Set in a world where humanity lives inside of walls, afraid to venture out and face the man-eating Titans that live outside, Attack on Titan has no shortage of action. From the very first episode, the series delivers high stakes and shocking twists that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats.
And if the fast-paced plot isn't enough to convince viewers to binge-watch Attack on Titan, the compelling character arcs certainly will be. Not only will fans be jumping from episode to episode to discover what happens next, but they'll find themelves so invested in the lives of the 104th Cadet Corps and the Scout Regiment that they'll need to keep watching for the characters' sakes.